Happy Monday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Wisconsin Policy forum release numbers showing job loss during the pandemic, Florida signs bill making vaccine passports illegal, three ‘controversial’ laws go to the Senate in Alabama, Colorado police officers receive Alzehemier training after horrifying arrest, and no more quarantining for fully vaccinated students in Darien, Connecticut all grace the front pages today. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
FDL Reporter, Published in Fond du Lac, Wis. USA
Wisconsin saw less job loss during the pandemic than neighboring states. Industries known to have been hit hardest by the pandemic — arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations, food services, personal care services, and certain retail store sectors accounted for 41% of jobs lost during the pandemic. Wisconsin fared better than neighboring states across 10 major industry sectors. Wisconsin's leisure and hospitality industry employment declined less steeply, down 19%, than in neighboring states, down 24% which was also the national average. Although the state has suffered less than others, residents are still struggling and ready for some source of normalcy.
TC Palm Published in Port St.Lucie, FL
Gov. Ron DeSantis, flanked by leaders of the Florida House and Senate, suspended local COVID emergency orders Monday and signed a proposal lawmakers approved last week that limits the government's ability to impose mask requirements and other social-distancing measures used to combat the coronavirus this past year. The order prohibits vaccine passports, makes it more difficult for local governments to mandate measures such as mask-wearing, and places limits on business operations.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
With little controversy, several bills loosening past restrictions on alcohol delivery advanced through the Alabama Legislature this spring. Alabama, a red state in the middle of the bible belt has long had a reputation for passing questionable laws. The culture is changing and worries over alcohol are starting to diminish and its place- new cultural norms and their supposed negative impact on society. Three major issues, all with culture war elements to them, are anticipated to go before the Legislature next week for a final verdict: The legalization of gambling, medical marijuana, and criminal penalties against those who provide medical care for transgender youths. These battles aren’t just Republican vs. Democrat but debate over values and beliefs.
Canon City Daily Record Published in Canon City, CO
In a shocking and sadly not surprising video making the rounds around the interwebs, Loveland police can be seen violently arresting a woman with clear mental issues. The graphic video is just one in a string of many showing police officer's inabilities to not only deescalate a situation but show the necessary skills needed as a police officer in using force and establishing a true threat or not. The video of the Loveland police officers violently arresting Garner — and the federal civil rights lawsuit against the department — prompted several police departments in the state to reach out to the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to request training on how to work with people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association’s training instructs officers to do the opposite of what Loveland police Officer Austin Hopp did when arresting Garner. The Loveland Police Department on Friday announced Hopp, as well as two other officers involved in Garner’s arrest, had resigned.
The Hour Published in Norwalk, CT
Darien students who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine if contact tracing reveals they have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Superintendent Alan Addley encouraged parents to have their children over 16 vaccinated. No appointment necessary for student vaccine pop-ups for the districts have been implemented.
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